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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Kem Owens
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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John Doll

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Chances are that you have never heard of pianist Herbie Nichols. He was one of the greatest compositional talents in jazz. He was born in 1919 and was a contemporary of Bud…
Paris, 1939. Long shadows of war started to loom over the City of Light as Europe edged toward the brink of terrible darkness. A portal to comprehending those times can be …
Who can pass by album titles such as "Obvious Sexism & the Unfortunate Media", "Short Memory", "No Recollection" and now "Dismiss Television"? David Aaron's sardonic titles…
Eric Alexander and his ensemble produce a very tight knit sound reminiscent of John Coltrane, George Coleman and Joe Henderson in the late 1950s. In many respects, this alb…
Veteran pianist Kenny Barron and virtuoso violinist Regina Carter have collaborated on one of the best albums of 2001. "Freefall" is an immensely enjoyable set of duets tha…
On paper, "Serengeti" has a diverse source of compositions penned by Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine as well as pieces from Cuban musicians, T…
If you ask a jazz musician what the music is about, they'll typically respond that one just needs to listen and draw their own conclusions. That can leave some listeners in…
Film Noir has had a momentous impact on the North by Northwest Quartet. The liner notes of their latest CD state that "each composition attempts to create a mood in which t…
A diminutive pianist handicapped by an obscure bone disease, Michel Petrucciani played and composed some of the best music in the 1980s and 1990s. The music is lyrical, rom…
Grace is aptly entitled. This series of piano/bass duets are eloquent and refined. Their sound feels like a tumbling mountain stream with stones polished smooth lying on th…